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DSM awards Raphael Chouinard-Watkins for his research on the role of nutritional lipids in Alzheimer’s Disease

Sittard, NL, 22 Sep 2016 12:00 CEST

Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, announced that Raphael Chouinard-Watkins, PhD student at Sherbrooke University in Quebec, Canada, has been awarded the DSM Science and Technology Award 2016. The Award recognizes his fundamental studies on the mechanisms underlying Alzheimer's disease and the role of nutritional lipids. Raphael received the award during the 12th Congress of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
DSM awards Raphael Chouinard-Watkins for his research on the role of nutritional lipids in Alzheimer’s Disease

DSM again organized the awards for research in the field of fatty acids and lipids in partnership with ISSFAL. Raphael’s studies of mechanisms underlying Alzheimer's disease used known genetic variations in the APO E allele that are related to disease incidence. Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) is a major cholesterol carrier that supports lipid transport.

An international jury, chaired by Dr. Norman Salem Jr – Senior Science Fellow at DSM - selected Raphael Chouinard-Watkins from among the bright young candidates who had conducted nutrition research and were proposed in an academic call for nominations. Raphael received the award from Professor Peter Weber - Professor of Nutrition at the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany and Corporate Science Fellow at DSM - at a special ceremony at ISSFAL.

DSM Science and Technology Award

The Science & Technology Awards are part of DSM’s Bright Science Awards program. The award has been established to recognize and reward excellence in innovative PhD research in various fields that are of interest to DSM. With the many challenges facing our world there has never been a better time to be a young scientist. Our award is aimed at helping recognize, reward and nurture talent.

The Science and Technology Award program now spans three continents, honoring bright young scientists in the Americas, Asia and Europe who are an example to their peers.

The award gives PhD graduates not only a financial reward for their achievements, but also a platform to make a name for themselves in their chosen field. They also help participants make the all-important connection between scientific achievement and commercial and industrial success. It’s a key consideration as research and development increasingly needs to show its value.